The Spotlight's On Educators: The RisingStar31 Teachers' Show Hits the Web

Top Quote At a time when the public dialogue is full of questions about the state of education, RisingStar31' Teachers' Show turns the camera toward the teachers with the answers. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) September 28, 2012 - On September 27th, RisingStar31 Productions launches the premiere episode of their web program, The Teachers' Show. In this shorter version of the program's actual format, they've extended an invitation to teachers to "step onto the stage." Each episode will showcase the "stars from America's classrooms," innovative educators who're using technology and entertainment to make learning a dynamic experience.

    Pam Sherrod, the founder of RisingStar31, is a writer and video producer who was initially interested in sharing inspirational children's stories. She began writing screenplays for films to deliver messages about the importance of building strong values, character and perseverance.

    In 2005, she teamed up with Altovise Davis after learning that she, too, wanted to have an impact on children's lives. Altovise's husband, the late Rat Pack star, Sammy Davis, Jr., had sacrificed his education to begin performing when he was only four. Having never attended school, he couldn't read or write until he was an adult. Before his death, Sammy urged his wife to reach out to youth and stress the importance of getting an education. With this in mind, the two women joined forces to motivate students to reach for higher goals, both academically and personally.

    Their first project, "A Detour to Mexico," was a screenplay written to encourage the exploration of other cultures and languages and to emphasize the value of perseverance.

    Their own perseverance, however, would soon be tested, as the road ahead led to its own unexpected 'detours.' Sherrod notes that, several painful setbacks threatened to derail their plans, including the tragic loss of her two partners. Altovise's death in 2009 occurred only a few months after they'd formed a production company. When her fiancÚ died, thirty-five days later, all of their projects came to a screeching halt.

    This season, however, RisingStar31 moves forward with several projects that were initiated that year. Sherrod feels that supporting teachers is crucial, and it's near the top of her list. "There's an enormous amount of work to do, when it comes to motivating children. We're thrilled to help by sharing the stories of inspiring people, the innovative teachers who make literature, science and technology, come alive."

    To watch the RisingStar31 Teacher's Show and to learn more about their programs, visit: www.risingstar31.com

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